Grand Marais Travel Guide
Late Nov sunset photo over harbor from...
Late Nov sunset photo over harbor from...
Joynes Ben Franklin old department, 5 &...
View, BW Superior from Artists Point,...
No longer available as of Jan 2009
Looking south from BW Superior to...
Excellent Art classes and a great Arts Festival
I'm not a great artist but I had such a great time and learned so much from Neil He teaches landscape painting and painting on location or "plein aire" as its called in the art community. They have classes for a wide range of abilities, from novice to advanced, personalized...
Take a side trip to Grand Portage and the old fur post.The old fur post is Grand Portage Nat'l Monument. You'll find lots things to see and do.
Trail Center Lodge: A Gem in the Wilderness
All you could wish for in the wilderness. This place has everything, great food, friendly and down to earth people. Besides a wonderful place to eat located on a beautiful lake. They also have a quaint store, sell gasoline, and operate a small motel across the street. We...
My Sister's Place: The Best Burgers- and great atmosphere
Great burgers and not just your average burgers ;) Chicken-fried, Hawaiian, Bull Moose, Twin Sister, North Shore Burger, the PBJ and quite a few more strange and original burgers. They also serve hotdogs- with alot of variety and fun recipies, chicken, and "The World's...
general tips: Nightlife? Nightlife?
Seriously, most people come to these towns specifically to GET AWAY from throngs of loud drunken partygoers. However, if you want a pleasant conversation and a couple good beers with a nice meal, there are many worthwhile places to pick from. Sven and Ole's Pizza features an...
The Harbor: Waiting for the Sunset
Grand Marais's night activities really get started in the fall and last the winter (September -March). You see, that is the only time when 'night' comes early enough to include evening activites. There's the community theater, Friends of the Library meetings, school plays,...
Bus to & from Duluth, MN & Thunderbay Canada
Update; An Arrowhead Transit bus goes from Grand Marais to Duluth on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month. Call the driver at 218-370-1515 for a reservation, pick-up point and fare. "Happy Time Tours and Travel" unfortunately says; "EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 3,...
Joynes, Ben Franklin: First stop for many local items & Souvenirs
Try this as a first stop for many local items & Souvenirs. Prices are good and so is the selection in this small store. The Joynes family has been in Grand Marais for 100 years.
They advertise and I would agree with their description; Family owned & operated department...
Sivertsons: Art of the Northwoods
Sivertsons is the oldest and most successful commercial art gallery in Grand Marais. From what I read, it seems that members of the Sivertson family have been making and selling art here for more than 50 years. The gallery features both abstract and representational work in...
A tradition in town has always been for young families to head down to the waterfront on a warm summer evening and skip stones. Often it was combined with a stop at Jackson's Dairy Queen for a cone or dinner. Then down to the beach. Here, along Minnesota's north shore,...
Go for a swim or a sauna
Every winter the community pool becomes a busy place for the locals. Many attend once a week for a swim and a soak. My preference was always the sauna, my wife and kids liked the hot pool. Then there's the kiddy pool, which is kept warmer than the big pool. For -20F (-39c),...
Be careful, This IS a wilderness area.
There is really no serious crime I can think of. Be careful of slippery surfaces when hiking. A fall could prove fatal. Also, the water is extremely cold all of the time. (Wading might be fine, but swimming is suicidal) On a stormy day, watch yourself around the waveswhen...
Early August - Fisherman's Picnic
If you plan to travel to Grand Marais the last week of July or the first two weeks of August- RESERVE ROOMS EARLY. I'm talking- months early. The first full weekend of August is "Fisherman's Picnic". This is THE event in Grand Marais. Class reunions, races and contests,...
Summer Bugs are inland
In the summer, life is warm during the day and cool at night. In town, it can easily reach the upper 70's away from the lake. Along the water, you may find that it feels like 50F, even on a hot sunny day. As you move inland and up the face of the Sawtooth Mtns, the...
Dress for ALL kinds of weather
If you plan on hiking, bring shoes that can handle the rugged paths and sometimes slippery rock formations in the area. It is not a good idea to just go around in "flip-flops."Even the summers can be a bit varied here.On a 2004 visit to the north shore, temperatures ranged...
Cascade River State Park
Cascade River State is between Lutsen and Grand Marais. There is a wonderful hike up river from Hwy 61. It twists and turns along the rock lined ravine where the river runs. Numerous waterfalls cascade down the rocks.We always liked going for a hike and then eating at the...
Day Trip to Isle Royale National Park
Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale is a hard place to get too. The easist path is from Minnesota. The boat leaves early in the morning, about 8:00 am and returns that same evening about 6:00 pm. You get 3 hours on the island, a close look at Rock of Ages Lighthouse...
St. Xavier Church
St. Xavier was built by Jesuit missionaries for the local Ojibwe. The simplicity and honesty of the edifice is appealing. Unfortunately, it was locked when I passed through, but you might be luckier. The church is on SR 61, about half a mile north of Grand Marais.
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